Griffin Announces New Lineup of Galaxy S4 Cases

Mon, 03/25/2013 - 13:04 -- Marshall Walker

Griffin technology has announced four new cases for Samsung's Galaxy S4. The Survivor is a tough military grade case built with a shatter-resistant polycarbonate frame, and shock-absorbing silicone. It also features a built-in screen protector, and is sand and waterproof. The Survivor Skin for the Samsung Galaxy S4 is a thick silicone skin that protects the back, sides and edges of your phone. Last but not least, the Reveal is a thin shield with a slim rubber lining that cushions your phone from bumps and falls. The Survivor with heavy-duty belt clip is $50, the silicone Survivor skin is $20, and the Reveal is $25. You can sign up for stock updates for all three cases at

Galaxy S4 Accessories

Sony Launches Xperia L and SP Smartphones

Mon, 03/18/2013 - 12:31 -- Penelope Wang

Hot on the heels of Samsung's Galaxy S4 announcement, Sony has unveiled two new Android smartphones to join the Xperia line. The L and the SP will sport different specs and price points when they arrive sometime in the second quarter of 2013. The Xperia SP will feature Sony's Transparent Element, with customizable illuminations.

Different colors can be set to appear along one edge of your Xperia SP to indicate an incoming call or email, or to pulse in sync with the current music track. Specs include a 1.7 GHz Snapdragon S4 processor with 1 GB RAM, a 1280 x 720 resolution 4.6-inch display, NFC and 4G LTE. The camera includes HDR image capabilities and features an 8 megapixel Exmor RS image sensor.

HTC One Not Coming to Verizon

Sun, 03/17/2013 - 13:02 -- Alex Gardner

HTC has confirmed the HTC One will not be coming to Verizon. AllThingsD claimed Verizon would be offering the handset along with AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile, but HTC put a quick end to the rumor via Twitter.


HTC suggested Verizon customers check out the Droid DNA instead, but most will probably now consider buying the Samsung Galaxy 4. However, some Verizon subscribers may want to wait and see if the HTC DLXPLUS rumors are true before going with Samsung. The possible successor to the M7 and DNA is rumored to feature a 1.7 GHz quad-core processor, 2 GB of RAM, Android Jelly Bean, a 13 MP camera and a 4.7-inch 1080p display.

Samsung Game Pad Supports 6-Inch Devices

Fri, 03/15/2013 - 13:00 -- Marshall Walker

Samsung is now showcasing the many Galaxy S4 accessories on its new GS4 microsite. The Game Pad is listed as supporting devices up to 6.3-inches . As Engadget pointed out, that's "bigger than the 5.5-inch Galaxy Note II and smaller than the 7-inch Galaxy Tab line". It has been rumored that Samsung plans to launch a 6.3-inch Galaxy Note III, so that could be the reason for the oddly specific dimensions.

Samsung Galaxy S4 Accessories

Samsung unveiled the Game Pad along with the S Band, S View Cover, Wireless Charging Pad / Cover, and Body Scale at its Unpacked event in New York on Thursday. It's unknown how much the gaming controller will cost, and when it will be available. The microsite also lists Flip Covers in a variety of colors, an extra battery pouch, a GS4 headset, and an HRM running band as some of the other GS4 accessories that will be available in the future.

Samsung Announces Galaxy S4 Wireless Charger, Gamepad and S Health Accessories

Thu, 03/14/2013 - 21:56 -- Alex Gardner

We normally have to wait for third-party manufacturers to launch their own accessories after a new smartphone is released, but Samsung has decided to launch a few of their own. Samsung plans to release an S View Cover which features a window for easy access to the S4's AMOLED display, a wireless charging pad, a wireless scale, an S band companion bracelet, and an unnamed gaming pad prototype.

Samsung Galaxy S4

The Bluetooth game controller features dual analog sticks, a D-pad, four face, and two shoulder buttons. The game pad runs on AAA batteries and connects wirelessly to the Galaxy 4. Samsung did not mention a price or official release date, but the game pad is expected to be available sometime this summer.

Watch the Samsung Unpacked 2013 Video

Thu, 03/14/2013 - 21:52 -- Marshall Walker

You can now relive the Samsung Unpacked 2013 event thanks to its livestream on Youtube. The event was kind of dopey, but you can see all the great new features the Galaxy S4 has to offer instead of just reading about them.

Samsung Galaxy S4

Be sure to check out the Air Gesture demonstration at the 1:22 mark. Air Gesture allows you to fast-forward or rewind videos, move apps around, scroll up and down a web page, or accept a call with just the wave of your hand. Things don't really kick off until around the 41 minute mark, so make sure you jump ahead. The full video is after the break.

Samsung Announces the Galaxy S4 Smartphone

Thu, 03/14/2013 - 21:50 -- Alex Gardner

Samsung has officially unveiled the Galaxy S4 smartphone at its Unpacked event in New York City. The new flagship phone features a 5-inch 1080p (1,920 x 1,080) Super AMOLED display with possibly the best smartphone feature ever... It works with gloves! Too bad winter is almost over. It will ship with 2GB RAM, Android 4.2.2 and a 1.6GHz Exynos Octa-core chip or a 1.9GHz quad-core Qualcomm depending on where your live. It also feature a 2,600mAh battery, an IR blaster, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0, a 13MP BSI rear-facing camera with f/2.2 aperture, and a 2MP front-facing camera.

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Both the rear-facing and front-facing cameras can be used at the same time. Dual Video Call allows users to make video calls while simultaneously showing friends and family what they looking at, and the Dual Camera function allows users to select 8 different ways to combine photos taken by both cameras. The S4 is also equipped with 12 different shooting modes including Drama Shot and Sound & Shot. Drama Shot allows users to create animated GIFs, and Sound & Shot can record audio to go along with captured images.

HTC Introduces the Unlocked One Developer Edition

Wed, 03/13/2013 - 18:10 -- Fred Straker

The upcoming launch of the HTC One brings good news for developers. HTC plans to release the Developer Edition of their flagship smartphone around the same time, with an unlocked SIM and bootloader.

HTC One Developer Edition unlocked

The HTC One Developer Edition will be available in limited quantities to US customers at a price of $649. HTC is billing the Developer Edition as a "modern platform to build and test your apps". Whether or not the device comes with the clear back pictured remains to be seen.

HTC One Delayed Until April

Tue, 03/12/2013 - 18:20 -- Marshall Walker

An HTC rep has confirmed that shipments of the new flagship HTC One smartphone have been delayed. HTC now plans to push out pre-orders at the end of March followed by an April launch. HTC officially confirmed the shipping delay after it was rumored several UK retailers had adjusted their shipment date to March 29th. The HTC One was announced in early February with an expected March 15th launch, but an unknown problem has caused the original release date to be scrapped. Here is the official response from HTC:

"We will start fulfilling pre-orders by end March in certain markets and will roll out to more markets as we approach April.”

HTC One Shipment Delay

Galaxy S4 Too Big For MWC, Samsung Announces Separate Event

Mon, 02/25/2013 - 12:37 -- Sammy Snyder

Samsung has sent out invites for a special press event in New York City on March 14. The invite's tagline reads: "Ready 4 the Show"-- insinuating Samsung plans to unveil the Galaxy S4. Many expected Samsung to announce the S3's successor at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this week, but the S4 has outgrown the event.

Samsung Galaxy S4

Samsung decision not to unveil the Galaxy S4 at MWC allows companies like Huawei, Nokia, and Blackberry to soak up more of the spotlight for their newly announced devices. HTC also chose to hold a separate event for its HTC One smartphone prior to MWC.


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